Two healthcare domain related programs in which this author has curricular relationships are the undergraduate Diagnostic Ultrasound (DU), and the graduate Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI). He teaches one course in the former and is the program coordinator for the latter. The undergraduate course is titled, “Computers in Medicine”, and is a rough 50% combination of a first-semester computing hardware course taught to our IT undergrads and another 50% of material from a textbook covering all the ways in which computing has benefitted various healthcare domains like, surgery, pharmacy, imaging, dentistry, psychiatry, remote medicine and the like. The MSHI program is a 30 semester credit hour program offered in an online format with a capstone experience (no thesis required) that was designed for professionals expecting to retool themselves for continued employment in a healthcare setting. This paper will discuss the details of the DU course and the MSHI program, the kind of computing content covered in each, and the rationale for and program design input of each. In conclusion, the reader will be left with an understanding of the what, when, how and why computing topics are necessarily required by these curricula, our justification for such, and how we might use that information in the development of future healthcare-related computing courses and potential programs. Course definition and program outline documents will be attached as appendices to the paper.
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Hill, Lawrence W., "Information Technology and Computing Topics and Their Relevance to Medical Undergraduate and Graduate Program Curricula at RIT" (2019). Accessed from
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